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Joint fundraising

Joint fundraising is fundraising a political committee conducts together with one or more other political committees or unregistered organizations. Joint fundraising rules apply to party committees, Political Action Committees (PACs) and federal and nonfederal candidate committees. Joint fundraising participants must either establish a new political committee (using a Statement of Organization, FEC Form 1) or select a participating political committee to act as the joint fundraising representative, which reports all joint fundraising proceeds in the reporting period in which they are received.

Before conducting a joint fundraising event, all participants must enter into a written agreement that identifies the joint fundraising representative and states the allocation formula-the amount or percentage that the participants agree to use for allocating proceeds and expenses.

Selling or raffling items for fundraising purposes

The entire amount paid to attend a political fundraiser or other political event or to purchase a fundraising item sold by a political committee is a contribution and counts against the individual's contribution limit. For example, if a contributor pays $100 to buy a ticket to a fundraising dinner, the entire $100 is considered a contribution to the committee, even though the meal may have cost the committee $30. Similarly if a contributor spends $20 to buy a campaign T-shirt that cost the campaign $5, the contributor has made a $20 contribution.